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Recently decided to start making my own props and I came across the recipe for monster mud. I saw it calls for 5 parts compound and 1 part latex paint. Honestly not knowing much about paint in general there in lies my question. Someone who will be helping me make the props has a latex allergy and I was wondering if there was an alternative to using latex paint in the monster mud. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I thank you I'm advance.
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, I though latex paint wasn't harmful to people with latex allergies? (Sounds stupid I know)

Also, I've heard of using 4:1 too for the mix. Must depend on the person.
 

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What you call latex paint in the US is what we call emulsion paint here in the UK - i.e just ordinary house paint for walls and ceilings. It doesn't usually have latex in it.
I go 4:1 and it is fine.
 

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That is correct, the name is misleading. I made monster mud plague doctor capes using a 4:1 ratio, they turned out well, but the cloth was very heavy after coating so depending on the project size it can definitely be a 2 person job. It is messy as you can imagine, wear gloves (non-latex variety!!). :)
 

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Thank you all for the insight, like I said I had no idea about the paint itself. Also thank you for the ratio of compound to paint, that will make life easier for me lol.
 

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Drying Time? And ....others ques...

UnOrthodOx....Saw your post on the Monster Mud - thank you! First...HELLO? LOVE the Chimera. Brilliant stuff you've got going. In some countries, you know, Halloween goes on a number of days, like Xmas....makes me want to move! But then again, Krampus is getting bigger and bigger, although not many people have heard of him in the states yet. Spooky guy. Anyhow....back to my post...
I'm a Monster virgin. How long does it take the mud to dry?
You mentioned dipping, but in one of the links you provided, he said it could be painted on or the creator can use his or her hands...Is I am using a mold does the mud still have to get on the underside, where the mold is supporting the fabric? If so, do I paint the fabric FIRST, then drape it over the mold?
I've got a more general question, which I'll spare you from...and post in the general forum. Thankk you for the inspriation! You're bloody brilliant!
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UnOrthodOx....Saw your post on the Monster Mud - thank you! First...HELLO? LOVE the Chimera. Brilliant stuff you've got going. In some countries, you know, Halloween goes on a number of days, like Xmas....makes me want to move! But then again, Krampus is getting bigger and bigger, although not many people have heard of him in the states yet. Spooky guy. Anyhow....back to my post...
I'm a Monster virgin. How long does it take the mud to dry?
As with most things and drying, it depends on local temp, humidity, and air movement. That said, you're measuring in hours.

You mentioned dipping, but in one of the links you provided, he said it could be painted on or the creator can use his or her hands...
I've done some of them all. I strongly recommend dipping your fabric and working it in so you get it all covered and embedded as much as possible.


Is I am using a mold does the mud still have to get on the underside, where the mold is supporting the fabric? If so, do I paint the fabric FIRST, then drape it over the mold?
Not sure what you mean by "Mold".

If you're wanting to pull something back out of your monster mud item to reuse, make sure it's covered with something that will let it out. Plastic, maybe some silicone spray would work, but I don't know about that. Something.

Yes, you want to dip or paint or however you do it your fabric BEFORE it goes on whatever you are covering. It'll be much more sturdy than trying to do it the other way.
 
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